Diamonds in the Rough is live!

It’s live! Book 2 of the Diamonds are Forever trilogy is here!! You can now grab your copy of Diamonds in the Rough in e-book or paperback. The audiobook is coming soon. This dark French mafia romance trilogy concludes on 15 September with Book 3.

☆ Dark, Delicious, Deeply Emotional!
☆ Phenom Dark Romance Trilogy!
☆ You cannot prepare yourself for where this story takes you!
☆ Exquisitely Written!
☆ I. Am. Wrecked!
 – Book Haven Book Blog

Diamonds in the Rough (Book 2) – A dark mafia romance
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DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Girls like me, we know how to survive.
We each have our own little ways, but we acquire those skills at the same tender age.

If you ask me how many times a person can die, I’ll tell you many times. As many times as a man stabs you in the stomach with betrayal and wrings out your heart with lies.

Girls like me, we live.
We don’t get a choice.
We step over the cliff and fall.
Eat, sleep, die, and repeat.

(Diamonds in the Rough is Book 2 of the Diamonds are Forever Trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. Book 1, Diamonds in the Dust, must be read to follow the story. Book 3, Diamonds are Forever, which concludes the story, will be released on 15 September 2020.)

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Diamonds in the Rough Cover Reveal

I’m so excited to share the cover of Diamonds in the Rough (Book 2, Diamonds are Forever Trilogy) with you. Jay Aheer from Simply Defined Art did a wonderful job with the design. It’s eloquently, baroquely French. 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy the second part of Zoe and Maxime’s story as much as I loved writing it.

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Diamonds in the Rough — A dark mafia romance

Girls like me, we know how to survive.
We each have our own little ways, but we acquire those skills at the same tender age.

If you ask me how many times a person can die, I’ll tell you many times. As many times as a man stabs you in the stomach with betrayal and wrings out your heart with lies.

Girls like me, we live.
We don’t get a choice.
We step over the cliff and fall.
Eat, sleep, die, and repeat.

(Diamonds in the Rough is Book 2 of the Diamonds are Forever Trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. Book 1, Diamonds in the Dust, must be read to follow the story. Book 3, Diamonds are Forever, which concludes the story, will be released on 15 September 2020.)

* Cover Design: Jay Aheer
* Photography: Wander Aguiar
* Cover Model: Dina Auneau

Diamonds in the Dust is live!


You’ve asked for another Diamond Magnate Novel and you’ve waited patiently. The wait is over! Diamonds in the Dust, the first novel in the Diamonds are Forever trilogy is now available in e-book and paperback. The audiobook will follow soon.

What reviewers say

A story that’s a potent hit of smolder and sin that dances in the dark, Diamonds in the Dust waves danger around like a red flag, daring readers to ride this riveting roller coaster of fear and feels. An adrenaline rush of danger, desire, and decadence all wrapped into one pretty package. I loved every minute. I can’t wait to unwrap more!”Bookalicious Babes Blog

“What happens when you kiss a frog prince and he keeps turning back into a frog? Charmaine Pauls delivers her most complicated anti-hero and most adorable heroine to date in this very dark and twisted modern fairy tale romance. This is definitely my favourite of Charmaine’s stories so far!!”Buffyanna, Goodreads

“A sensational story which races towards an explosive ending like a ride on a runaway train, where you can see the crash coming but can’t close your eyes or get off. Violent & addictive, it’s a pulse pounding marathon of pain & pleasure. Passionate love at war with passionate hate and you don’t get to choose sides.”Book Bistro Blog

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His tone is gentle, one you’d use trying to coax the truth out of someone. “Why were you still a virgin?”

“I was waiting for the right man,” I say like it doesn’t matter.

He nods, a silent acknowledgment of understanding. There’s no remorse in his voice when he says, “No man can be more wrong than me.”

I’m shaking violently when he picks me up, sheltering me against his chest. He carries me inside and easily closes the door balancing me in one arm. He goes to the bathroom and lowers me onto the rug next to the bath. I wrap my arms around myself, shivering as I watch him open the tap to let the water run warm. The petals and candles are gone. The bath has been cleaned. Housekeeping came in while we were having dinner.

The bath is only a quarter full when he slips his palms under the jacket and brushes it off my shoulders, carelessly disregarding the expensive garment crumpled on the floor. He picks me up and puts me on my feet in the bath. Taking a jar of bath salts from the edge, he empties the whole jar in the bath and scoops water into the jar that he empties over my shoulder.

The warmth dispels the cold. My skin contracts with goosebumps. He refills the jar and drains it over my other shoulder. He does the same with my front and back, and then he crouches down to soap a sponge. He starts at my waist, dragging the sponge from my hip to my thigh before squeezing out the sponge and letting the soapy water run down my calf. Meticulously, he washes me, stroke by gentle stroke removing the blood and the cold.

The bathroom is warm, but I’m still shivering. When the bath is half-full, he turns off the water and guides me to lie down. Twisting my hair in a knot, he trails it over the edge of the bath. The water stings between my legs, but heat envelopes me, melting the last of the bitter frost under my skin and calming my shivers. All the while, he continues to bathe me, washing away the remnants of our coupling in a strangely humble way as if I’m the princess and he the servant.

When my skin starts to wrinkle, he pulls the plug and takes my hand to help me out of the bath. Draping a fluffy towel around me, he dries my body. When not a patch of wetness is left on my skin, he leads me back to the room and makes me sit on the loveseat while he strips the sheets off the bed, leaving the duvet. Folding it back, he looks at me in silent command.

I’m spent. My fight is cold. I get up without arguing, dropping the towel at the side of the bed before getting in. Turning on my side, I face the wall. He gets in beside me, flicks off the lamp, and spoons me from behind with an arm he throws over my stomach to anchor me to him.

Our breathing is quiet. We’re both awake, but neither of us speaks. Light from the streetlamps falls through the window into the room. It plays over the walls, creating a shadowed reflection of the free world outside.

After a long while, he says into the darkness, “If I had the time, I would’ve made you fall in love with me first.”

At the words, I stop breathing.

They’re meant to be a consolation, but they’re stunningly cruel.

Have you read the first Diamond Magnate Novel? Read more about Beauty in the Broken.

Beauty in the Broken on sale

In celebration of the launch of Diamonds in the Dust on 19 May 2020, Beauty in the Broken, the first novel in the Diamond Magnate collection, is on sale for the first time ever at $0.99 only. The regular price is $5.99. The deal expires on 9 May 2020, so hurry to make use of this limited offer. If you haven’t read this dark revenge romance yet, now’s your chance to catch up before the release of the next novel in the collection.

What readers say about Beauty in the Broken

“Explosive, intense, disturbing, passionate and oh so freakish good you’ll be staying up late reading.”Goodreads Reviewer

“Pauls’ writing is flawless as always, rich but never pompous, direct despite her use of allegory and the poetic images she manages to evoke with her enviable use of words.”Goodreads Reviewer

“Angelina is the most complex, well-rounded character Charmaine Pauls has ever created.”Goodreads Reviewer

“Beauty in the Broken is Charmaine Pauls’ BEST so far.” – Goodreads Reviewer

“This book is EVERYTHING!”Anna Zaires, New York Times Bestselling Author


Beauty in the Broken is a standalone novel with no cliffhanger. Triggers include violence and abuse. If you’re a sensitive reader, please continue with caution. HEA guaranteed.

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Diamonds in the Dust Cover Reveal

I’m so excited to share the cover of the new Diamond Magnate Novel, Diamonds in the Dust with you! Jay Aheer from Simply Defined Art did an outstanding job, and there are two more to come! Watch this space…

Diamonds in the Dust is Book 1 of the Diamonds are Forever Trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. Book 2 (Diamonds in the Rough) will be released on 14 July 2020, and Book 3 (Diamonds are Forever) on 15 September 2020. Subscribe to my newsletter for a reminder when the books are available.

Cover Design: Simply Defined Art
Cover Model: Rodiney Santiago
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Diamonds in the Dust (Book 1, Diamonds are Forever Trilogy)

~ A Dark Mafia Romance ~

Men like us, we see things.
We do things, things that make us unfeeling.

That’s the price of power and money, of living la belle vie and running the French mafia. Then she came along like a pretty wildflower pushing through the cracks on a dirty pavement—fragile yet resilient, a breath of beauty among the filth. She was supposed to be just another job, a nameless person I was to pluck from her life and hand to my brother, nothing but a pawn in the gamble of our diamond business.

There’s a psychological label for men like us.
We lack empathy and guilt.
We do things to have what we want, things that make flowers wilt.

Coming on 19 May 2020.

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A new Diamond Magnate Novel

I’m so excited to announce that a new Diamond Magnate novel will release on 19 May 2020. Diamonds in the Dust is Book 1 of the Diamonds are Forever Trilogy. Book 2 will be released at the end of summer. Fans of Beauty in the Broken will be happy to learn that Lina and Damian will make their appearance in Book 3, which will be available before the end of the year.

Diamonds in the Dust (Book 1, Diamonds are Forever Trilogy)

A dark mafia romance

Men like us, we see things.
We do things, things that make us unfeeling.

That’s the price of power and money, of living la belle vie and running the French mafia. Then she came along like a pretty wildflower pushing through the cracks on a dirty pavement—fragile yet resilient, a breath of beauty among the filth. She was supposed to be just another job, a nameless person I was to pluck from her life and hand to my brother, nothing but a pawn in the gamble of our diamond business.

There’s a psychological label for men like us.
We lack empathy and guilt.
We do things to have what we want, things that make flowers wilt.

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Darker Than Love is live

It’s live! Darker Than Love is now available in e-book, paperback, and audiobook!!

Anna Zaires and I had an awesome time working together to bring you this extra long, enemies-to-lovers, standalone romance. Sparks fly when a sinfully hot Russian killer goes after the equally dangerous woman who betrayed him, and you get 508 pages of the heat and action! We hope you will enjoy Mina and Yan’s story as much as we enjoyed writing it.

“A captive heroine, an anti-hero, the Russian mafia and Anna Zaires/Charmaine Pauls teaming up to write a dark romance? That checks all my boxes. Darker than Love is a captivating, dark, super-hot read! Loved this book and hope there’s more to come!” — Natasha Knight

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Darker Than Love
Once upon a cold, dark night, a Russian killer stole me from an alley.
I’m dangerous, but he is lethal.
I escaped once.
He won’t let me do it twice. 

The revenge is his.
The betrayal is mine.
But so are the lies to protect the ones I love.

We’re cut from the same twisted cloth. Both merciless. Both damaged.
In his embrace, I find hell and heaven, his cruelly tender touch destroying and uplifting me at once.

They say a cat has nine lives, but an assassin has just one.
And Yan Ivanov now owns mine.

Have you read the free prequel? Dive right in! (The prequel, Sweeter Than Hate, is part of the book, Darker Than Love, so you don’t have to read the prequel if you prefer to jump straight into the book.)

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Darker Than Love Special Pre-order Price

11 Days to go! Working on this story with Anna Zaires was a blast! We made it dark. We made it hot. We made it for you! Darker Than Love is an extra long, enemies to lovers, standalone novel. Make use of the pre-order special to get it at the discounted price. The price will go up after the launch on 28 January. Get ready for Yan and Mink’s moving and action-packed story!

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Darker Than Love (A standalone enemies to lovers dark romance)
Once upon a cold, dark night, a Russian killer stole me from an alley.
I’m dangerous, but he is lethal.
I escaped once.
He won’t let me do it twice.

The revenge is his.
The betrayal is mine.
But so are the lies to protect the ones I love.

We’re cut from the same twisted cloth. Both merciless. Both damaged.
In his embrace, I find hell and heaven, his cruelly tender touch destroying and uplifting me at once.

They say a cat has nine lives, but an assassin has just one.
And Yan Ivanov now owns mine.

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Get the FREE prequel to Darker Than Love today!

My friend and co-author of Darker Than Love, Anna Zaires, and I have a big surprise for you. We’re releasing the first part of Darker Than Love EARLY and for FREE as our Thanksgiving gift to you.

The prequel is titled Sweeter Than Hate and is available from NOW. If you’re dying to have a sneak peek at this dark, hot, and double-the-trouble romance, this is your chance.

You DO NOT have to read this prequel before Darker Than Love, because the prequel is included in the Darker Than Love novel. If you prefer to read the complete story in one go, please wait for the release on 28 January 2020.

If you decide to snatch up Sweeter Than Hate, we hope you’ll enjoy the beginning of Mina and Yan’s deliciously dark and forbidden tale.

Hugs, and happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends!

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Sweeter Than Hate

I shouldn’t have heard the things I did. Shouldn’t have attracted his attention.
Now I feel his stare like a touch. Viscerally. Acutely. 
The Russian assassin has me in his sights, and there’s only one way out.
His bed.
It’s a good thing I’m drawn to danger.